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i'm suzanne malvo, join us weekdays in "the situation room" from 57 to 5:00 eastern and every saturday on cnn and this time every saturday on cnn international. the news continues next. this hour, they busted out of prison, briefly abducted two people and tonight, three convicted murderers are still on the run. police tell cnn the trail has run cold. a 13-year-old shot again and again, killed execution style in front of his house in the middle of the street. will his death be the wake-up call chicago and many other cities around the country need to stop crime, a discussion you definitely don't want to miss. and it's official. bill and hillary clinton's little girl gives her heart to someone else, her new husband, of course. we're live from new york where chelsea clinton just got hitched!
i'm don lemon. this is the first weekend as people from arizona are dealing with their new lou and a judge blocked the controversial parts of it. governor january brewer said she will fight back and she did, right away, lost her bid to get a speedy appeal hearing so that's not going to happen until november. but we're learning now to governor janua brewer may try another tactic altogether. dan, what is the governor thinking about doing? what's this move? >> don, we're hearing the governor is considering going back to the legislator and having them work on, essentially, a new bill. i'll tell you about it. she's telling them, basically, go back and make some language tweaks if, in fact, that might accelerate matters. things are still in the preliminary stages and there's one issue she hadn't talked to state senator russell pierce. he's the author of the bill and
says if the governor's interested in making tweaks, language tweaks to this bill that's news to him because nobody from the governor's office has talked to him. he also says he likes the bill as is, and he wrote it with the intention of it having a legal challenge. he ultimately wants to see it go to the supreme court where he thinks a win by a 5-4 or maybe even a 6-3 vote, this was senator pierce earlier today. >> the notion of calling a special legislate tifr session to revisit the bill and its language, you say what to that idea? >> i say they ought to talk to me first. i don't know what tweaks she was talking about. this was carefully crafted. there's not a bill that can't be made better but we'll have that conversation, they need to talk about it if they're talking about amending my bill. >> and amending a bill is not an easy thing, don. essentially, they have to go back and do a whole new bill. you can't just look at sb 1070 and make changes. you have to have an entirely new
bill. moreover, right now, tlegislato is out of session so the governor would have to call a special legislative session and given the fact its august a lot of lawmakers are on summer vacation so it could be pretty tricky to get this done. >> it seems like too much to do. here's what i want to ask you. we've seen the protests. you said there were protests today and they had been going on. are a lot of people showing up? is it making any difference with lawmakers or with police officers or anyone there, dan? >> well, in terms of making a difference with police officer, yes in the sense that if you have unruly protesters the police have to respond and restore order. we saw that the other day at the mayor copa county jail where you had hundreds of protesters block the entrance preventing anyone from going in and out of the jail. in the sense of the terms of whether or not lawmakers are paying attention, not really.
they're doing their thing and for the most part, when you talk to russell pierce he says this bill is over. he doesn't want to see any changes to it and he says it's common to have legislative tweaks and so forth but in this particular situation he wants to go forward with it as is. he wrote it with the intention, again, that it would ultimately reach the supreme court and the tweaks that may or may not occur, he is really not in favor of that. >> good report, thank you very much, dan simon for us in arizona. let's go to the gulf of mexico. work to permanently seal the crippled well is apparently hit a snag. the procedure known as the static kill now won't begin until monday or even tuesday. that's when heavy drilling mud and cement will be pumped into the well from above to push the crude oil back down into the earth. first, sediment from tropical storm bonnie has to be cleared out of the way. the so-called "bottom kill" procedure when the relief well intercepts the well and pumps it full of cement is expected to
begin by the end of august. a catastrophe is unfolding in pakistan where flooding has killed at least 800 people. that death toll is expected to rise as well. the u.n. says nearly a million people have been affected by the flood. rain has washed away thousands of acres of crops. aid groups are rushing in to help the victims of the flooding but mormon soon rain could be on the way on monday. russia could use some rain as wildfires burn unchecked in the west. at least 25 people have been killed and nearly 3,000 left homeless by those blaze. the fires are the worst to hit that region ever and more dry weather and soaring temperatures are expected in the next few days. russia's president suggested the response by local officials had fallen short. >> translator: unfortunately, the forces of this emergency ministry, its regional capabilities are not sufficient because this is really a natural disaster that happens probably only once every 30 or 40 years.
>> coming up on cnn, in case you haven't seen it. h the congressman's emotional blow up on the hill? >> if republicans wrapping their arms around republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroes. it is a shame! a shame. >> he slammed republicans for voting down a bill that would provide aid to 911 responders. that's just the beginning. i'll play eight head. and chelsea's wedding. the fashion, security, the guest list, you'll see it next. we want you to be part of this broadcast. don't just sit there. go to twitter or facebook and check out my blog, cnn/don or on foursquare.com.
i've been looking for my invitation but i guess it got lost nth in the mail. in just the past hour, chelsea clinton and her long-time bowe, mark mezvinsky has been shrouded in secrecy. you're inside and what did you buy them as a wedding present? >> reporter: oh, i don't want to share that with anyone. no, don, i didn't receive an invitation either but i'm happy to be reporting from a distance, from afar, trying to find out what details we can. we don't have any. as a matter of fact, we don't officially know whether the happy couple has said "i do." we do know this. the ceremony was scheduled to get under way about an hour ago. whether it did we're still waiting to find that out, too.
we can tell you this. about an hour or so before the ceremony began, maybe a half hour before it was scheduled to begin, we saw a lot of guests boarding buss to take them out to the john jacob astor mansion. everyone dressed to the nine's in formal wear for this black tie affair. this event is now believeds to be under way. we've been looking for celebrities. anyone we could see and we did see dress designer vera wang. we believe she might have designed chelsea's dress for this event and we also saw, for example, actors ted danson and marystein gergen, and we asked them what kind of emotions they think the clintons will be going through tonight? >> joy, pure joy. the best thing in the world. especially when you love the man they're getting married to.
>> and knowing my friend, bill, for 30 something years i'm sure he'll be crying his eyes out knowing him. >> that's it. >> reporter: now, we have a sneaking suspicion that before the night is over, that some of the details will be coming out. that's usually what happens in a situation like this, don. as you know, perhaps we'll receive some official photographs from the wedding ceremony and, again, try to find out some of what happened. and natural by, we'll be trying to talk to the guests later on as they come back. >> and everybody, this is every lady's dream. they want to see chelsea in the dress. any idea when that's going to happen, if at all? >> well, i think by the time we see you tonight, for cnn news at 10:00, perhaps we'll know by then and perhaps, you'll even get to see some pictures by then. we'll keep our fingers crossed. we hope so. >> way to go to promote our show tonight at 10:00. thanks. we appreciate your reporting
from rhinebeck, new york. >> all the chelsea choin wedding frenzy got to me and i did some digging and one thing led to another. famous first-daughter weddings. can you think of any? i'll help you out. number four, teddy roosevelt's daughter, alice, married ohio congressman at the white house in 1906. beautiful, and number three, 1966, lbj walked his daughter, lucy, down the aisle at her white house wedding. look at that cake! can we put that back? it's huge! wow! who else made the list? do you know? kevin? freddi? >> yes jenna bush, maybe? >> we'll tell you next.
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bush's daughter, you said it, jenna from 2008, tied the knot, crawford, texas. so that got us wondering, where are some famous presidential children now? where are they now? who better to ask than presidential historian, joining me from washington. hello, sir, how you doing? can we hear him? is he there? >> i'm here. >> now we can hear you. give us the scoop on what these former first kids' are doing now. number one, we'll start with yes th jenna bush. >> they don't like public life. i interviewed 19 of these kids and they've tasted public life. and they've been in private life and they prefer private. but jenna, is an author and she's working as an nbc correspondent for the "today" show. >> what about her sister,
barbara bush? >> well, her sister is a cofounder of a nonprofit company that works with health issues and is seeking equity between africa and the u.s. and health care needs. and that's kind of her heart. >> i think barbara -- >> she's a private person. >> i think she was even a bit quieter than jenna. we didn't see as much of her. >> that's true. so many of them are private. julie eisenhower, called her sister, trisha, the howard hughes of the white house. and chelsea has been called the garbo of presidential children and amy you can't find. >> you bring up a good point. there's people out there and this new breed of celebrity with reality shows and whatever. for people who want fame, i think many times they don't know what in the heck they're getting into because you don't have any privacy at all especially when you're a first daughter.
>> yeah. these children are vigilant in protecting their privacy. and their dignity. but occasionally, look what happened. caroline kennedy, entered public life just briefly and got knocked around a little bit and -- >> and john kennedy jr. as well, before his death when he started the magazine, i forget the name of the magazine -- "george." let's run down the list. amy carter, what's she doing? >> amy carter is one that i've written pages about her because she was involved in anti-nuclear proliferation and many causes. but she has disappeared off the face of the earth. she's out there shopping at target somewhere the night. and the -- she just had a transaction with if former daughter of the united states. >> good for her. >> ron reagan, he's always
outspoken. in the '80s he had a late-night talk show. what's he doing now? >> you've seen him on msnbc. ron reagan jr. is interesting. he's a democrat, his spouse's democrat views. many of these presidential children espouse different views from their father. they're establishing their own separate identity. fdr had a son who actually opposed him for re-election. so, that, sometimes happens among these presidential children. >> can you imagine have a fight with your family, you disagree with something and you're the president of the united states and your own son doesn't vote for you? >> many times -- >> let's go with trisha nixon. we said she would walk down the aisle in 1971 by her father in the rose garden of the white house. what's she doing? >> she serves on the board of the presidential library, with her sister, julie.
and trisha nixon cox, she serves on a museum board. she focused on raising her family. her wedding, by the way, was the high watermark of these weddings. a primetime two-hour special of the evening and seen by people all over the world. she was a beautiful bride. >> i'd love to talk to you more. i love stuff like this and i think viewers like that "where are they now" sort of thing. thank you, doug. the presidential historian and he's written about a lot of these people we've spoken about. thank you, have a great evening. >> thanks for having me. outrage on the house floor! >> you vote yes if you believe yes. you vote in favor of something if you believe it's the right thing. if you believe it's wrong thank you vote no and we're following a procedure and i will not yield to the government and the gentleman will observe regular order. the gentleman will observe
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from prison. police say the men broke out of an immediate yum-security prison in kingman, arizona, last night and allegedly abducted two people at gun point early this morning but later released them at a truck stop. all three were serving 15 years to life on murder convictions. this is charles flanagan, the deputy director for the arizona department of corrections. how did these men escape, charles? >> the information out about these escapeees. our primary responsibility is to capture them and return them to custody. the information -- >> can i stop you? we didn't hear the beginning of your question, apparently our viewers didn't, either. i'll ask you again, how did these men escape? >> don, thank you, first, for helping ulgs get information out about these escapes so that we can help capture them and bring them back into custody. the information that we have is that approximately 9:00 p.m. last night, these inmates were not in place for a formal count,
shortly thereafter, there was an alarm at the perimeter and we discovered some point thereafter, a hole in the fence that had been cut and these three, as you have indicated, took two people hostage and the nearby town, and drove a truck with them to flagstaff, arizona, and took off on i-40 heading east. this prison houses medium-security inmates from arizona and it is a privately-operated facility, operated by management and training corporation, which is centered in centerville, utah. >> so deputy director, i have to ask you, where do you think these men are now? if you had to guess, you said they got in the truck and went to flagstaff. what area do you believe they're in. >> we try not to get in cases
like this. we're working very intensely with state law enforcement, our own criminal investigation's unit and fugitive apprehension unit, with the u.s. marshals and we're tracking them with a number of different sources of intel. we're tracing their families and other contacts. we've notified law enforcement in the surrounding states and, also, at the border, just in case they're heading that way. >> that was my next question. you said the border, possibly headed to mexico? >> it is possible. we have to take every eventualality into consideration unless we have a definitive trail. we know they have a vehicle so we can eat track them with dogs or track teams so we're using intel and law enforcement contacts to track them as best we can. >> you're looking for a woman, you say, that is suspected of being a accomplice? >> lease a woman on the visitation list and she was observed earlier in an area that
was restricted. and she was then reportedly, with these people when they took these two truck drivers hostage and drove their truck from kingman to flagstaff. >> and again, these three men considered to be very dangerous, escaped from a medium-security prison and they are all convicted murderers serving 15 to life. joining us by phone, charles flanagan, deputy director of the arizona department of corrections. thank you, sir. >> thank you, don. checking top stories now on cnn. the army private suspected of one of the largest security breaches in military history is now in sol care confinement. military spokesman says private first class bradley manning is in quantico, virginia, suspected of leaking tens of thousands of classified military documents to a website called wikileaks.org. manning has already been charged with leaking an air strike video
from 2007. firefighters had their hands full in southern california right now but they may be winning the battle against the raging crown fire in los angeles county. it's now about 62% contained. that is thanks to better weather conditions there. authorities have lifted evacuation orders and ems residents have returned home. this is the biggest of more than three wildfires that have blackened more than 17,000 acres. investigators in pakistan found the flight data records at the site of this week's deadly plane crash outside islam bads. the black boxes will be sent to germany or france for analysis. since aviation officials say they don't have the facilities to examine them in pakistan. 152 people were killed when the plane went down in the hills outside the capitol. the authorities say it could take months to clete the information. the bad blood between democrats and republicans, the open-ranker was on full display
on thursday night on the floor of the house of representatives. it's not just the obvious bitterness of the blow-out, it's the issue that prompted it in the first place. this latest example of how rups and democrats can't play well together comes during the debate and eventual defeat of a bill to provide health care to 9/11 first responders. you may have heard that new york congressman anthony wiener really lost his cool, really lost his cool. i'll show you his 90-second tirade in its entirety in a moment but first, i want you to hear new york republican, peter king, the congressman who spoke immediately before wehner who we near addresses in his outburst. >> we're doing, tonight, is a cruel hoax and a charade. everybody know this is will not get the two-third majority required and everyone know this is bill would pass with a clear majority if the democrat leader ship would allow it to come to the floor under the regular procedures of the house.
the reason hr-847 is not brought up under regular order is the majority party is petrified of having members face a potential vote on illegal immigration. they want republican support yet they never consulted one republican before they made the corporate tax increase to pay for it. they say they want republican support before they pass the bill but never applied that standard when they ran towards the stimulus, health care, cap and trade, or financial regulatory reform. no, you only apply it to cops and firefighters and construction workers. what a sad and pathetic double standard. these heroes deserve better than they are receiving here tonight. >> that is how it started. and even if you've seen it, i can't see it enough. every time i see it i'm mesmerized. here's how the democrat from new york responds. >> mr. speaker i yield one minute to the distinguished dwa from new york, mr. we near.
>> rl great courage. wait until members have spoken and then stand up and wrap your arms around the procedure. members say, we want amendments, we're still a "no." then we stand up and say, if only we had a different process we vote yes. you vote yes if you believe yes. you vote in favor of something if you believe it's the right thing. if you believe it's the wrong thank you vote no. i will not yield to the gentleman and the gentleman will observe regular order. the gentleman will observe regular order. >> i'm not in order. >> the gentleman gets up and yells. he thinks he can intimidate people into believes he's right. the gentleman is providing cover for his colleagues rather than doing the right thing. if republicans wrapping their arms around republicans rather than doing the right thing on behalf of the heroless. it is a shame. a shame! if you believe this is a bad idea, to provide health care, then vote "no."
but don't give me the cowardly view, if it was a different procedure, the gentleman will observe regular order and sit down! i will not yield. the gentleman will sit. the gentleman is correct in sitting. i will not -- >> this is obviously -- >> the gentleman will suspend. >> i will not stand here -- >> gentleman is recognized. >> if only i had a different procedure that allows us to stall, stall, stall and then vote "no." instead of standing up and defending your colleagues and voting "no" on this bill you should urge them to vote "yes" something the gentleman has not done. >> the bill failed with just 12 house republicans supporting it. so the question that we're asking is -- has the bad blood between the democrats and republicans rendered any chance of getting any legislation palsed hopeless? now we want you'd to hear what if nonpoliticians have to say, too. so i talked with first responder, john field.
he's one of the guys who rushed to ground zero to help with rescue efforts. listen. >> how do you feel about this bill, the bill failing? >> well, one, we knew it was going to happen. the way it was put on the floor as a suspension bill, we knew it would fail. both congressmen, king and wehner are right, but both congressman, king and wehner are wrong. one said it was a sham. it was a sham. one said it was a shame and it is a shame because the bipartisan reckless politics, it's the 9/11 responders that suffer because two parties can't agree and have different id ideology gives on how to help somebody, we're the one who is suffer. they should have voted like an american instead of like a republican or a democrat. that vote should have been 435 to zero and now we have to wait another six or seven weeks when they come back from their long overrated recess and hopefully
get -- i'm sorry? >> go ahead, finish your thought and then i'll go on with my question. >> we have to wait for them to come back and hopefully we'll get the bill back on the floor by the end of september and by a regular rules' bill which needs 218 votes and we know we're confident to win but we're running out of time, don. >> new york's mayor agrees. michael bloomberg slammed both parties for failing to pass the bill calling it "a disgrace" and "an attack on america." coming up next, in just a few hours, there she is, my colleague, one of our own here at cnn, will receive a distinguished honor. in a warm city, somewhere you can see that, and we're going to tell you what that honor is and we'll talk to soledad o'brien live coming up. smiling. and when they're laughing... you're laughing. be kind to your eyes... with transitions lenses. transitions adapt to changing light so you see your whole day comfortably...
the national association of black journalists meeting this weekend in san diego. and tonight, they will single out our own soledad o'brien as journalist of the year. soledad, congratulations. are you excited? >> thank you so much. thank you. i am so excited. this is probably the only award in my whole life that my children have a clue what it's
about. they're like, journalist of the year, mom, that's pretty big. it felt good that they were impressed. >> we were trying to -- i was thinking, what i wanted to talk about. i thought let's talk about everything you've done this year. i think last year we hadn't seen each other and we bumped into each other at an airplane and we work at the same place and the only time we see each other is on an airplane. you were in haiti with the atlanta child murderers. gary and tony have a baby. something on new orleans. and this is what you're being honored for. what else did you do? can you even remember? >> gosh, i think the things that probably make me most proud have been to work on some of the documentaries about martin luther king jr. mostly because i've had an opportunity to sit down with civil rights legends and when you shoot a documentary, as you know, you interview people for two and three hours. so to sit down with andrew young
and talk to him for three hours about the day he died or dorothy cotton or rosa parks' attorney. that's are amazing. i felt so privileged to be able to sit in the same room and ask any question i wanted to for the next couple of hours. so i think that those are, in a lot of ways, some of the most meaningful. i've held on to the transcripts because i know those stories don't get told a lot and those folks are getting older. you don't get to really hear their stories very much. >> it's good to know i'm not the only one that does that. i think, why do i still have the transcripts from james brown? we were talking -- as you were talking we were showing -- and i want to talk to you about -- talk about this. >> wonderful young man. well, you know, what i love about myron, we did a great story for anderson ac 360 where we looked at his opportunities. when we met him, here's a young man that wants to be a surgeon but also, wanted to play
professional ball. and what a incredible role model, was a word that sometimes is overused but he is such a solid, smart kid and to talk to him, one of his biggest struggles, as i know you know because you've interviewed him before, has been to convince people in the draft that he's focused on football. i think again, i have a chance to sit down and talk to really inspiring and interesting people. that kind of makes it a great gig. >> listen, i'm going to talk to you, lastly, i want to talk to you about the children in haiti. but let's talk about wayne williams first. because to actually sit in a room with that man -- and that was one of your most recent documentaries. it just must have been a bit mind-blowing. >> what's interesting about wayne williams, and i think everybody always wants to know, what's it like to sit down with a guy whose convicted of being a serial killer. and i think this is probably true for many serial killers
because i've read it a lot. seemed so normal. seemed like a regular guy. small man. in heels, i was about the same height that he was and probably the same weight. it was very interesting to see how normal he appeared. he is -- he maintains that he did not kill anybody. but the weight of evidence is very much against him and he sits in prison to this day, as you know. >> hey, soledad, you know i'm getting the rap in my ear, not because we don't love you, but you've sat here so many time tools? i feel the love. >> as a mom, haiti, the children? >> i was there the other day with my daughter. i took my daughter who is 9 and we volunteered at an or thannage. haiti is a hard place for parents to take their kids. i would encourage every parent out there to drag that child when they're about 8 or 9 and bring them to do things, whether it's in your own community,
somewhere far away, make them understand that weir all part of the same greater community. an individual can maim an impact in the world. just holding a baby for a couple of hours, that's contributing something and a 9 year old can do that so we had great trip. we bonded a lot and she fell in love pt people of haiti just as i have. >> congratulations my dear, journalist of the year for nabj and it's early so go get dressed now and send us some pictures so we can have something at 10:00 p.m. >> it will take me about two hours. thank you very much, i will do it. many friends, neighbors and colleagues are finding themselves on different sides of the immigration debate. i'll explain next. d when it doe, men with erectile dysfunction can be more confident... in their ability to be ready with cialis. with two clinically proven dosing options, you can choose the moment that's right for you... ... and your partner. 36-hour cialis and cialis for daily use. cialis for daily use is a low-dose tablet... you take every day, so you can be ready anytime the moment's right.
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we've seen lots of protests over arizona's new immigration law but not just in arizona. this is what happened last night in new york during the mets' game against the arizona diamondbacks. two men ran on to the field waving mexican flags. security guards eventually grabbed them. a few dozen protesters also demonstrated outside of the stadium. in a new cnn opinion research corporation poll 55% of americans surveyed said they support arizona's immigration
law. 40% oppose it. and the divide between those groups can run very deep. many friends, neighbors and colleagues are finding themselves on different sides of this debate. as cnn dan simon tells us, some families are, too. >> reporter: for 33 years, this family has made friday night taco night. all seven of they're grown children try to be here each week, along with 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. >> and we also bring our friends over so they can meet our family. there's a lot of people that aren't hispanic that are our friends that come and see how tight we are with our family. >> reporter: but on this night, there is division. >> we got five for it? >> right. >> and if you're against it, raise your hand. >> reporter: this large hispanic-american family finds itself split on the anti-illegal immigration law that has rocked this state.
eddy marched this week with the protesters. >> you're worried it will lead to racial profiling? >> i do, honestly, i do. i think it happens -- i mean, it's so easy to see the color of skin. the color of skin ask just such an easy way to say, hey, they're probably here illegally. >> it's going to be a little bit rough going. but, you know, i just feel that it's going to be the best thing for arizona. >> ida is the oldest siblings. racial profiling? maybe, she says, but something needed to be done. >> how do you think it will help? how will it solve the immigration problem? >> i think once the law is passed it will give a little bit of ease, you know, for the people that are nonhispanic and make them feel a little more comfortable. right now they think that all the immigrants that are coming in are coming in as criminals and they're not. >> for those here on the pro side their arguments turned to health care and education. liz says she's concerned how
tax-supported services can be overwhelmed by illegal immigrants. >> current immigration problem is affecting the state of arizona's economy. the medical and benefits for social security and our education. >> reporter: on the other side of the table -- >> it's really turned the mexican people into being like the villains. like, they're blaming us for the economy or blaming them for the, you know -- >> but it is affecting the economy. >> it is but -- >> it's not the fact that -- it's not the problem of the immigrants. it's not. >> reporter: but no matter how heated their arguments get, they'll always be back the following friday for taco night and the family celebrations that have made this evening special for more than three decades. ♪ happy birthday to you dan simon, cnn, phoenix! next, i'm going to share a story with you that really gets
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the teen was gunned down this week outside his chicago home in cold blood. he reportedly was shot more than 20 times. robert is just the latest example in an epidemic of violence claiming the lives of chicago's youth. most of them are african-american kids living in some of the city's toughest and poorest neighborhood. i spoke about this critical public safety issue with cnn political analyst roland martin, organizer ron holt, and author victor woods who compares this crisis to the bp oil disaster. >> with with bp, the oil crisis, everybody came together because of the fact of everybody. when chicago gets serious, this is not just a black problem, white people should be out, chinese people, japanese people, german-americans, irish-americans, e italian-americans. everyone should be concerned but they're not concerned. you have people on the south and west side that are treated like they're outcasts or foreign members from another country. we have not got serious about this. we're labeling these kids
gangbangers and thugs. who are the gapping bangers? these kids all look the same. you can't tell the difference. and i don't hear anybody talking about jobs. the police -- you know, first of all, if this happened in a white neighborhood, we would fix this problem in a minute. if one white child got shot in chicago in wake forest, highland park, they would have a police officer on every corner. they're not asking the community members to fix this. the community members are not police officers. we are not serious in chicago about this problem. >> hang on, ron. ron, real quickly, i'm going to give you ten seconds and roland the last word. go ahead, ron. >> i have to disagree with that. the police are doing a good job in patrolling the areas, patrolling the street. if there's a shoot iing anywhere -- >> absolutely not, they're not doing a good job. >> okay, listen -- >> i disagree with you, sir. you're wrong. >> we're not going to solve this problem right now -- >> why are children getting shot on every corner? if one child got shot on michigan avenue, we'd have a
police officer on every corner. >> -- sir, if their parents raised them correctly, let's get it right -- >> no, we cannot -- half the parents are in prison. we cannot blame this on the parents. these children do not have jobs and they do not have hope. >> -- it starts at home, sir. >> victor, i appreciate your passion but this is coming from a police officer who lost his son who is also working so, you know, i just want to get that out there. roland -- >> and i think that's awful. i think that's awful. >> i'll give you the last word. do you think that anything would change if it happened in a white neighborhood? >> i don't give a damn about that conversation. this is the problem. every time this comes up, people say, well, this happen in the white neighborhood, this would have happened. no, no. here is the reality, don, and that is these kids are dying. sons and daughters are dying of the people who live there, their neighbors, church members, family members. are they willing to say enough is enough and we're going to
create policing organizations, patrol our own streets, write down license plate numbers. >> why do people in the neighborhood -- >> let him make his point, victor. go ahead, roland. >> you know what, victor, i grew up in a neighborhood where people who lived like my parents took charge of the neighborhood and said the cops will do their things but we are not going to pass the buck and you have to do it in partnership with the police. >> we're going to continue to follow that story here on cnn. you can bet that. cnn education contributor steven perry is an experienced and successful high school principal. he tells us one of his biggest challenges is finding smart, passionate people who want to be teachers. steve sat down with a man who is using poetry to inspire the best and the brightest in the classroom. >> i make kids wonder, i make them question, criticize, apologize and mean it. >> reporter: the audience, his
studen students. >> i want to remind people the potential of this language that we have and what you can do with it. >> reporter: for nine years he taught english, math and history. >> a poet whose purpose is to inspire people to become teachers. >> after about the tenth or 11th person said because of you and the way you talk about the teaching profession, i've decided to become a teacher and decided to keep track and then i give myself a goal. i was going to inspire 1,000 people to become teachers and i'm up to 499. >> reporter: i'm here with elise lichtenstein, teacher number -- >> 478. >> i make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. >> so you went to a poetry event. to be entertained? >> yep. >> reporter: you didn't even go to see taylor. >> nope. >> let me break it down for you, teachers, tefers make a difference.
>> i saw him perform and it was just mind blowing. >> reporter: today she is an english major. what are you doing so many of us are having trouble doing? i never found 400 anything? >> i talk about my experience and i never pretend to be something i'm not. i'm not an expert in education. i don't know what the answers are to fix education. fixing education in america will only involve attracting bright, intelligent, motivated, passionate college graduates to choose teaching. >> thank you, perfery. i'm don lemon. to my biggest fan in d.c. thanks for watching. i'm don lemon at cnn headquarters. i'll see you back here at 10:00 p.m. eastern.
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